Category Archives: Inspiration

New sketchbook!

Hello! So, there isn’t that much new in the design/art world for me. Except that I got a new sketchbook. I had to buy a new one after my last one fell apart at the binding. It may have been from repeatedly shoving it in my backpack, but the notebook wasn’t really built to last. Anyway, I’m fairly picky when I choose a sketchbook: the paper should be white (not yellow), thick enough that I can’t see pen lines through the other side, good binding, plain cover, easily lays flat, and it needs to be the perfect size to fit into my purse. After I found the right one, I had to begin the arduous process of transferring my important sketches from my old sketchbook to my new one.

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My new sketchbook has a lot of my future wedding collection sketches. I have a lot of themes I’d chosen, and 2-4 designs per theme. I’ve only really designed 2 of my collection so far, but I’m hoping once I have more breaks during school I’ll be able to work on it more. I also have sketches of my future pricing guide, and some branding projects I started. I’m still waiting for some inspiration to strike me so that I can name my new blog, and then design branding for it. I really can’t wait to get started on it, but I definitely need the perfect name!

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New sketchbooks are exciting because of all of the blank pages I can fill! I need to keep my resolution and continue to draw every day if I can. I spent most of yesterday drawing and I loved it. I can’t share the illustration yet, because it’s a surprise present, but I will share it later on!

-A.K.

2015: A New Year

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I’ve seen quite a number of blog posts about the new year, and what people plan on doing with it. I’ve read a few, and a lot of them are more of the same: achieve some small business goals, “focus, balance, breathe…,” spend more time following a new passion or any number of vaguely positive things. I usually don’t really participate in new year’s resolutions because I don’t like waiting until an event, like January 1st, to come around before I decide to make a change. If I want to make a change or a goal, I usually prefer to make a plan immediately, because I lack patience and I often busy myself with work at any time of the day. I also don’t like feeling like I’m jumping on some productivity bandwagon that may be destined to fail, because more often than not, resolutions are forgotten or given up by February. I want goals that stick!

But after reading a few posts on resolutions, goals, and ways to keep up motivation throughout the year, I decided to think about the things I am hoping to achieve. I love writing down my to do list and crossing things off, so I am hoping to apply this behavior to achieve some greater goals this year. More than anything, I want to grow my freelance business and expand my portfolio. This is always my top goal, even if I feel like I am failing at it from time to time. I know I have the time to devote to this goal, it’s just the everyday things that I tend to use as excuses to procrastinate that seem to “get in the way.” I spend a lot of time doing lots of little things. I tend to sign up for extra responsibilities when I really shouldn’t (don’t we all do this as modern women? I feel like we are expected to do everything all the time. But that’s another conversation). So I have lots of little goals that I’m hoping all tie together into one “resolution.” Here they are:

1. Draw or illustrate something at least once every other day!
I miss just drawing or sketching for fun. It’s a great way to relax, practice, and figure out my style. I rarely do this anymore, and instead fill my day with reading articles or wasting time online. I want to prioritize drawing time and drastically reduce aimless internet time!

2. Be featured on a big design blog at least once this year.
I submit all of my latest work, even if I’m not proud of it, to different design blogs hoping I will be featured. I want to get the word out there about my work more. The first step to this is, of course, creating better work to submit! And that begins with drawing more, and creating more personal work. A lot of my recent work is not “feature worthy,” unfortunately, and I want that to change. I need to push myself creatively, even if I have work that is extremely limited and may not be something I am proud of.

3. Practice Spanish at least once a week.
My husband and I are most likely going to Spain in March, and I would love to be more conversational in Spanish. I am rusty at best, and I know learning a new language would be fun and something I can add to my resume. Win!

4. Start that (other) blog I have been meaning to…
I have been meaning to start a certain blog for quite some time now. I have a lot of interest and passion in this area, but I haven’t quite nailed down all of the details of the blog. Specifically, I need a good name for it! I have been wracking my brains for months to no avail. Once I have the name, I will unveil the blog and you all will be the first to know!

I have other resolutions, but I don’t know if it’s realistic for me to keep going. If I’m doing good on these goals, I may add later goals later in the year. This may be crazy, but what’s life without a little crazy?

-A.K.